We just finished up our video for Day 1 of the Nikon Spot On Championship in Utah. If you haven’t seen the pictures already I highly suggest checking out our picture posts from each day of the competition. Kate and Trevor made a lot of really great shots though unfortunately neither was able to take home the gold.
I’ll let Trevor give his feedback first. He’s one of our product specialists here at OpticsPlanet, so when you have technical questions about which rifle scope or red dot sight is right for you, there’s a good chance he’s the guy helping you out! Trevor took some shots with a 50 BMG (I’m trying to keep my jealously under control) and it seems he was impressed by Nikon’s reliability.
This is my second Spot On Invitational and I enjoyed it even more than the first. Nikon does a fantastic job at bringing the industry retailers and writers together in one event to showcase their new technology and products and letting us put those products and technologies to the test. This event gave me hands on proof that Nikon scopes can handle the heavy recoil from a 50 BMG as well as a 338 LaPua. Many people do not realize that many scopes can not handle this type of repeated recoil, but Nikon can.
Walking shots from 200 yards out to 700 yards with a ArmaLite AR-10 with a Nikon M308, that was zeroed by someone else, that I have NEVER fired before, and hitting every plate is simply amazing. Nothing makes you feel better than squeezing the trigger and hearing the crack from the shot and seeing the impact on the plate after that slight delay. Just reaffirms how far that 700 yard target really is even though through magnification is doesn’t quite seem that far.
The Monarch X on the Barrett M82 and the Monarch on the savage 110 BA really stood out to me. Not only were they taking the recoil shot after shot, they were dead on accurate from the first shot to the hundredth shot. That’s saying something about Nikon repeatability.
After hearing how well the gear performed, I can’t say I’m surprised at how successful Trevor was at hitting his targets. Kate also had a lot of fun and rung a ton of gongs during the competition. She works closely with our vendors and is a big part of why we have so many awesome products at OpticsPlanet. While she doesn’t have the depth of experience with hunting and shooting that Trevor does, Kate made up for that with tenacity, hitting one target after another. She provides a little different perspective on the competition.
This was my first time at a Nikon Spot On Invitational. I was very excited to try out some Nikon riflescopes and see for myself whether the Spot On technology really made shooting long distances as easy as it seems. I was the perfect test subject for this as this was my first time shooting such long range targets and being in a competition environment. The moment we got the first range the Nikon staff had everything under control. The instructions were laid out and I would be the first shooter in my team on the AR-15 223 with a Nikon M-223 scope going for the 200, 300 and 400 yard targets. I picked this gun specifically as I’ve shot ARs a few times in the past and shot a Bushmaster 450 on my hunt in March. A print out with the BDC reticle and distance for every circle specifically for that scope was located at the shooting bench and allowed me to quickly locate the hold over points on my reticle. As I moved from one range to the next shooting other 223s, PPs and 308s and worked with targets ranging from 100 to 500 yards, I came to appreciate the BDC reticle and the Spot On technology more and more! The Nikon scopes were incredible easy to use and I got to shoot my favorite guns which made this experience that much more enjoyable.
One the second day I followed Trevor in the final rounds of the competition and was using a Monarch 7 binocular to spot his shots. I was very pleasantly surprised at the incredibly wide field of view as I was able to see multiple staggered targets at once as far as 700 yards away. The clarity was just amazing and I was glued to these binoculars for the entire day.
Getting ready for the trip I grabbed by OPMOD PAC bag with which I’ve traveled before. It’s fantastic for a day at a competition like this as you’re driving and walking form range to range and need to bring your small items with you. The variety of pockets accommodated everything from my binoculars, Edge OPMOD shooting glasses to the water bottle you so desperately need in that Utah heat! And of course no day at the range is complete without some lip gloss which fits perfectly in the flashlight pouches on side of the bag.
Kate mentions the Nikon Spot On Technology, which is really a great new way of using technology to improve accuracy. I suggest checking it out on NikonHunting.com. You put in your scope, gun and then you can print out a ballistic sheet that helps determine how much you need to compensate for bullet drop. A lot of scopes have BDC (bullet drop compensation) reticles, but Nikon has really gone out of their way to make sure you can hit your target at just about any distance.
We’ll have the video for Day 2 of the Nikon Spot On Invitational soon, so stay tuned!